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Old Posted Feb 19, 2009, 6:54 PM
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Fitchburg, MA



February 15, 2009
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Fitchburg is a city of 40,000 in north-central Massachusetts on the Nashua River. It is one of the less vibrant cities in the state, a mill town where the mills have moved on long ago, but is nonetheless noted for it's beautiful Victorian architecture. Fitchburg is also a strong cantidate for the hilliest city on the east coast. Let's take a look.

West on Main from Water St










Main and Pritchard


East on Main


Main and Fox





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William McKinley and Robert F. Kennedy were both killed by guns manufactured in Fitchburg.
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Main and Putnam


Oliver St




Elm St


Pritchard St - The Dr. Alfred Hitchcock House?












Pleasant St




Crescent St




steep Mt. Vernon St.














Some hill!


Heading back down on Weymouth St


Blossom St




Blossom and Pearl






Blossom at Green St


Green St hill - Fitchburg was probably the hardest hit city during the ice storm in December 2008. There were branch piles everywhere.




Day St


Snow St


Morris St




Green St


Congress St


Myrtle St








Pearl St - The hi-rises are dorms at Fitchburg State


I didn't get any pics of the Fitchburg State campus because I was hungry and stopped at a pizzaria nearby that will remain unnamed. Worst pizza I have ever had. Shameful.




Pacific St


Lunenburg St


Back on Main St














Neighborhoods on a hill south of the Nashua River




Fitchburg is the last stop on a commuter line from Boston.




Up towards Fitchburg State








Old mills on the way out of town.


Fitchburg has a twin city of equal size, Leominster (pronounced LEMIN-ster) immediately to the southeast, that I was unable to visit due to the failing light. Leominster supposedly has much nicer neighborhoods, but a smaller downtown.
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Nice pictures. I don't think I've seen regular street signs in red before.
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Quite a nice collection of residential stock, and a wonderful setting. Too bad it is that depressed.

Great tour.
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very nice. My aunt & uncle live a few miles from there in Princeton. New England is so awesome. Great tour once again.
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Nice pictures. I don't think I've seen regular street signs in red before.
Apparently the street signs in Leominster are blue. It's a high school football rivalry thing.
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Fitchburg has some nice buildings, even if it's a bit run down. Thanks!
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Great little tour. Town looks a little forlorn, but it is probably the time of year.
Some interesting architecture takes place on the sides of hills!
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Nice pictures. I don't think I've seen regular street signs in red before.
Not too far from you, in Abington Twp., PA, street signs are red.

Stopped in Fitchburg once, but didn't get to explore more than two blocks. One of the last shots was of d'town at sunset. Makes it look like a cozy suburb, but I'm not a fan of wooden apt. bldgs., though wooden structures, I guess, retain heat better.
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Some really interesting streetscapes in this town
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what an awesome city... I love this:

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You take a mean picture.
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Not a bad looking city for being one of the lesser vibrant cities in the state!! Great job!!
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Nice job! I had no idea Fitchburg was so hilly.

Re: the red street signs. I swear I've seen some of those before, somewhere in the vicinity of East Dedham/Hyde Park.
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Great photos. It's great to see all these mill towns.

I went through Fitchburg about two years ago - I thought it was even more depressing in the summer when everyone was out. Gardner, the next big town west along Route 2, is even worse if I recall correctly.
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